Score one for 2009 and anglophiles everywhere: An English baroque jewel was saved this year thanks to public support raised by the National Trust of Britain and it's American arm, The Royal Oak Foundation. The year-and-a-half-long campaign raised nearly $5 million to save Seaton Delaval Hall in Newcastle.
The 1731 landmark was designed by famed architect Sir John Vanbrugh (who designed Blenheim Palace and ), and is said to be one of Britain's most important Baroque country houses. In spring 2010 it will open to the public for tours and events, bringing the north-eastern part of England a much needed tourist attraction.
Gallery: Tour Seaton Delavan Hall